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Old 11-27-2011, 04:02 PM   #1 
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filter or no filter?

I have a 2.5 gallon tank, and my old crowntail betta seemed to love the filter.

Now I have a big halfmoon, and he seems to hate it, so I took it out. I clean the tank 100% every 5-6 days-so my question is, do I really need a filter at all? does having the water move benefit them, or make the tank any less dirty?

This big guy is so graceful and beautiful, I don't want him to be strewn about. My little crowntail seemed to be much sturdier in the water.
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Old 11-27-2011, 04:09 PM   #2 
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IMO..filters with this species of fish is optional and often the filter and/or water movement can be the cause of added stress and tattered fins....the long heavy fin males especially.....and in the smaller containers more so.....

In a 2.5gal tank without a filter or live plants....water changes of twice weekly...1-50% and 1-100% should maintain water quality and fin health....

And to add...while filters can help in removing larger debris from the water column so we can't see it....until the biological filter is functioning..... that debris is just being recycled over and over in the filter...out of sight-out of mind....

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Old 11-27-2011, 04:13 PM   #3 
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^ +100 :d
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thank you very much. good tip on the cleaning I will incorporate the 50%. this guy is so much bigger he will prob need it.
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Old 11-27-2011, 04:32 PM   #5 
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Great....would love to see some pics.....
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Old 11-27-2011, 04:43 PM   #6 
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I am on my phone or I would...I posted a pic on the betts pics section if you can look there :)
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haha in* betta*
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:10 PM   #8 
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in a small/ tiny tank i wouldn't go with a filter unless it came with one, as part of a system. even then you have to watch how your betta handles it.
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IMO..filters with this species of fish is optional and often the filter and/or water movement can be the cause of added stress and tattered fins....the long heavy fin males especially.....and in the smaller containers more so.....
I used to have a filter with quite a strong current in my tank, but I removed it for that reason. I could tell my betta didn't really enjoy it, as his fins and tail were being blown to one side, making him swim pretty much all over the place, and there were some parts of the tank he wouldn't even swim to because of the currents. Luckily I had a spare filter which I'm using now. It's really quiet, and the current is pretty much non-existant. He seems happy now, and can even make small bubble nests. =)

I saw your halfmoon in another thread. He's really beautiful. ^^
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